Harbor View Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor View Inn Santa Barbara
Delighted with our room
We booked a King Bed Ocean View Room which had a balcony overlooking the sea and the pier. The room also had beautiful furniture, lots of room and an absolutely stunning bathroom including a bath with room for two! Santa Barbara is a fun place and feels like a mix between a university town and seaside resort - which is eaxctly what it is. We had a few drinks in some lovely bars and a great meal outside on a heated patio at Zelu. Apparently there are lots of places to dance later if that is your thing but there is a distinct difference between the dinner scene and the club scene - so something for everyone.
Not the Four Seasons....
Stayed a weekend here. I read all the great reviews, thought we'd stay based on them. I had great expectations.First, maybe this clouds my thoughts: it rained or was totally overcast for 36 hours of our weekend.We checked in...nice front desk personnel.Went to our room, which was only accessible by an staircase and we got totally drenched lugging our bags upstairs. Room was nice...decently furnishedand laid out. No mini-bar ( but empty refrigerator provided).The bed proved to be rock hard...the pillows some type of fiber or foam. No the kind of bed and bedding you'd expect in a $300/nite hotel room. There was two bath towels provided and two hand towels. Also not what you'd expect from a $300/night hotel.The 'workout room" was basically just that...a room, with a few pieces of low end non-workout equipment.The pool area looked nice, but because of the weather we couldn't use. The proximity to the beach and the pier was nice, except for the traffic along Cabrillo Blvd. The streets in Old Town at State street were closedbecause of street 'beautification' which made getting around downtown a pain in the neck, and the intersection at Cabrillo and state was a 4 way stop...with traffic backed up on Cabrillo.To top it off, some group used the beach fromt on Sunday morning for a rally of sorts. There was a live elctrical band tuning up at 8:30am and playing songs at 9am. Not the quiet restful Sunday moring I was expecting.Perhaps, in the summer and in good weather the location is good. However, this hotel is not worth its $300 per nite they charge for weekends.
Just returned from the Harbor View in Jan 03. 2nd time at this facility and it is wonderful. The help is extremely friendly, the rooms and bathrooms grand and immaculant. The restaurant next door is yummy too! "Eladios"
You can not beat the location either.
Loved the ambiance
In Santa Barbara for a wedding July 02.
Very low key ambiance-extremely well maintained with a great view water and mountains. Would love to return
Relaxing and Fun
Taking a week-end road trip we found this wonderul hotel. Staff was nice, rooms were beautiful and it made for a very relaxing stay. In fact were headed back again this week-end for another stay.
Fantastic for families!
This hotel is the only place (if you ask me) to stay in Santa Barbara. My husband and I have two small boys, and we all loved having a deck that opened out onto the fully fenced, fully and gorgeously landscaped grounds. They also have a separate kids' pool, and beautiful rooms. And the beach, of course, is right across the street. This place was a bit pricey for us, but worth every single penny.
Location, Location, Location
This was a great hotel that is located right across from the Pier at State Street. The view is very nice from the rooms on the second and third floors and the first floor rooms in the main quad open to a very nice courtyard with pool and grassy area (good for kids). Staff was very courteous and helpful. All of the hotels are pretty expensive in Santa Barbara, so make sure you pick a winner. The Harbor View Inn is a winner! If you can afford it, pay the extra for an ocean view.
The room was spacious and the decor was nice. Our bathroom was very nice, (loved the shower)! Good location with the beach right across the street. Eladio's the restaurant was very good. I would highly recommend this place and will stay here again.
One terrific hotel!
We just happened upon this hotel and were so happy we did. It is situated just across the street from the pier. Our room was just spectacular and the pool was wonderful. It was wonderful. I would recommend it highly.
Perfect Peace by the Pier
We were so surprised at this hotel. It both surprised and delighted us. The hotel is perfectly placed, just across the street from the Santa Barbara pier, which is wonderful to walk early in the morning, has the art shows, etc. You are also very close to State Street where all the activity is. The trolley stops just across the street near the pier. But the hotel.... was wonderful. Our room was spacious, and very nicely appointed, with large sliding doors out to the patio and a view of the pool. We also had our private terrace with 2 lounge chairs to sun on. The hotel was very professionally run, things arrived as soon as we called, extra towels, etc. The staff was very nice, and the hotel is spotless and very elegant. I can't wait to go back.
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... along the way - we noticed the price change from as little as $2.10 per gallon up to $3.50 per gallon BUT half way along the run from Monterey the cost was $6 per gallon!!! Needless to say we only put enough in to get us to where we thought we would get cheaper petrol (as were a bunch of other people I think). Anyway, on to Santa Barbara where we learnt more about the Spanish setting up missions ...
... br> This was a long day of driving - when we reached the Pacific Ocean we followed the coast up to Santa Barbara - could see the Channel Islands off the coast and unused oil rigs. Lovely wide sandy beach, lots of palm trees, lovely resort hotel. Went for a long walk along the beach front and out along Stearns Wharf which is the oldest working wharf - lots of holiday makers around.
... well, more like a boat-driving coach. Berkeley was by far the youngest and the most confident yacht owner who wanted to operate his own boat, I had ever met. I had become a somewhat accomplished captain. Berkeley had owned a lake boat prior to this purchase and although the jump up in size was significant, my skepticism quickly subsided as I observed him to become a competent boat handler, he also became a great friend through years. ...
... calls and booked us another one. It was going to be a 30 minute wait but there was no extra charge so that was good.
We arrived at Vegas airport in ample time to catch our flight and we checked in and settled down to wait ..a cup of coffee would be nice we thought and we will just go down the airport a short way and get one...yak, yak, yak and we looked at the time and said "well we better get back to the gate"...."where ...
... br> I called the number given and they arranged to send a recovery truck to change the tyre over to the spare. They also found me a local tyre company that had our tyre, which I was to go to when the spare had been fitted. I felt remarkably calm about this. The others had settled at the pool, so I made my way over to the car with a coffee to wait. The phone assistance people said they would get someone to me within the hour.
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